While it may seem like just yesterday we were setting resolutions and embarking on new healthy routines, in fact, it’s time to embrace your inner Robert Burns and bid adieu to 2019. So, let’s prepare to raise a glass with friends and family to celebrate traditions, make new memories and reflect on the year gone by.

In this issue, consider a new wreath option to freshen up your take on holiday decor. It’s an easy, front-and-center way to roll out a new holiday look to friends and family. Meanwhile, we have you covered with a gift guide designed to help you check off your list with clever ideas for the men, women and kids —two or four-legged—in your life. 

In charge of Christmas brunch? Local chef Sarah Penrod, the Urban Cowgirl, shares Texas-inspired breakfast options that will have your family and guests swooning. And, in Winter in Bloom, we look at ways to brighten your home with seasonal flowers you might not routinely think to incorporate. 

Finally, financial conversations often rear their heads this time of year as the credit card bills roll in and we review our annual portfolio statements. Local wealth adviser extraordinaire Jeffery Price offers expert tips on making effective wealth decisions in the coming year to get us on the right track. 

This December, we hope you enjoy your time with family and friends and bask in the magic of the holiday season as you recharge in preparation for a new year ahead. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Cross Timbers readers!